Protecting Undocumented Immigrants By Harold Meyerson

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An illegal Immigrant is a foreigner who has entered in a country unlawfully without the country 's authorization and undocumented Immigrants are a growing problem in America. Many Americans believe that both illegal and legal immigrants come to American to steal jobs away from the modern American citizen and to use social service to get welfare, food stamps, and unemployment benefits, but those beliefs are all false. In fact, Illegal immigrants have it far worse than legal immigrants because most of them live in fear of being discovered by the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) so they have to live a life of invisibility. They face several risks in the workplace. For instance, if they get injuries they can’t go to the …show more content…
Many undocumented immigrants are often treated with disrespects and often taken advantage by the people they work for. Employers might feel free to pay low wages and ignore dangerous conditions because the workers have no legal way of complaining. If they go to the authorities, they risk being arrested themselves and deported. If they complain or make trouble in other ways, the bosses can call immigration and have them taken away. In the article, “Protecting undocumented workers” by Harold Meyerson, It tells a story about Josue Melquisedec Diaz and his crew who are undocumented immigrants and works as contractor. They work on demolishing and fixing damages that are caused by Hurricane Gustav. According to Diaz, he notes that he and other illegal immigrants that he works with are treated …show more content…
In one of the episodes, an actor played Juan as an illegal immigrant from Mexico who works as a busboy. In the show, people witness a manager pushing his employee around as he was cleaning the tables. They employee decided to fight back by asking when he will get paid, but the manager refuses to pay him for his work because he is an illegal immigrant and threatens to call immigration if he demands his pay. Most people got involved and most didn’t. Regardless of the fact that Juan was illegal, he should not be threatened. He is a human being and he needs to be treated with respect just like any other person regardless of his status. In reality, this is some undocumented immigrant 's life. At one point they were employed to work and because they don’t have official paperwork that allows them to make a living their employer disrespects and treats them like pigs. The obvious conclusion to be drawn is that illegal immigrant’s workers should be given service that protects them from work injurie / accident, threat or abuse because many of them work in dangerous conditions. There should be programs that allows undocumented immigrant to given full medical treatment without any background check because they are less

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